The Magic Journey (The New Mexico Trilogy #2)
Because of a freak accident, Chamisaville goes from sleepy backwater to tourist destination town. Then the greedy outsiders take over, and the townspeople are on the outside looking in.
Chamisaville is drawn from Nichols' hometown of Taos, NM, but this is not a regional novel, but a metaphor for life even in the big cities of the US. Nichols notes ...more
There's all kinds of interesting anthropological type of stuff about all the characters who live in the little town of Chamisaville, but there's no discernable plot or even a protagonist. I suppose the community itself could be construed as the protagonist, but it's difficult to relate personally to anyone. It reads like a well-written news article, not like compelling fiction.
The title comes from the development or “betterment”of Chamisaville: “The valley was perched on the brink of magic journey” (37). A magic journey is also taken by April McQueen, daughter of Rodey McQueen, the land baron set on bettering Chamisaville (79). As families go, so...more
The writing had it's moments of near brilliance, but very few, and the characters lacked that personal appeal ...more
Two of his oth ...more